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Have you ever experienced using a computer then suddenly it hanged and stayed on one page for a long time? This is a common scenario especially when a computer becomes exhausted because it has been used for a long period of time. It may also be caused by malicious software (malware) or viruses that may have corrupted some files on your registry.

Knowing what to do during these critical situations will help you save your computer from further damages that may prove to be very expensive repairs in the long run. Prevent the spread of malicious software and save your computer from damages. Learn when to “Reboot” your computer and spare yourself from these problems.

When and Why?

Computers depend on a lot of executable programs saved on your RAM in order for it to run properly. Over time as you use your machine for a lot of your work, your RAM may become overwhelmed and experience some errors and have corrupted files in it. It is also possible that your registry has been infected by a type of virus which causes the computer hang, errors and crashes. Rebooting your PC when these errors occur helps lessen the impact and may even fix the existing errors and restore your system to a safe state.

Situations That Needs a Reboot

1.    Reboot After a New Program Installation

Your system will automatically alert you to reboot your computer after a new program is installed to it. This is primarily needed to enable your system to properly write all the needed files and information on your drive. Failing to reboot your computer will render the program useless. The program will not work properly unless a soft reboot/ restart is done.

2.    Reboot When an Internal Problem Caused Your Computer to Hang

The type of reboot applicable to this problem depends on the situation. If your mouse pointer can still access the windows logo on the lower left corner of your screen then you can do the soft reboot of “restart” by choosing the right option. If in case the screen or the window hanged totally (the pointer can’t be moved and the shortcut keys are not working) then a hard reboot is needed. It is done by holding the power key for about 5-7 seconds until the indicator lights on your machine turns off.

3.    Reboot To Safe Mode When Computer Suddenly Shuts Down

 

Rebooting to safe mode is needed when an error happens or the machine suddenly turned off due to power outage or not enough battery power. It is recommended that you choose the safe mode option on the start-up screen upon turning your machine on to help your system cope up with any errors and fix it without sacrificing other files.

4.    Reboot When Reinstalling Your Operating System

This option is needed when you already decided to reformat your computer due to viruses that can’t even be removed. It is done by pressing F12 when prompted after the power button is pressed. F12 will show you the booting up options but before turning your PC on you must place your installer disk on the DVD drive first for it to be detected upon booting up.

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Rebooting a PC may sound quite complicated but it doesn’t need to be so. A computer is an important machine that has become an essential part of the day to day tasks of modern living. No matter what type of machine you own, whether it’s a desktop computer or the lightweight, portable version we commonly call “laptops”, knowing the basics when something goes wrong is an essential knowledge that a computer owner must possess.

Have you ever suffered from computers that hang for almost an hour and refused to be controlled or shutdown using the ways you know? If you already did then you might have missed to do this thing called a “reboot”.

Ways of Doing a Computer Reboot

There are 2 known ways of rebooting a PC which you can try for yourself. One is called a “soft reboot” and the other is known as the “hard reboot”. Both works perfectly depending on the type of problem you have. A soft reboot is commonly needed for computers that suffered minor system hangs or other related errors which causes some programs to stop working properly. A hard reboot on the other hand serves best for major system problems like a computer that has been logging on for almost an hour or a totally unresponsive screen where nothing is clickable anymore of the shutdown button is inaccessible anymore.

Soft PC Reboot

If your machine has a program that is unresponsive or something that keeps on loading but is not opened after a long period of time then you are suffering from an internal error that needs to be fixed. A soft reboot is needed for this type of problem. It is easily done by clicking the windows logo on the lower left corner of your computer screen and choosing the arrow right button just beside the shutdown button. When you already did that you just simply need to click the “Restart” option and you’re done!

Hard PC Reboot

A hard PC reboot is needed if your computer has been on one window and stays there for almost an hour and the options are inaccessible or are refusing to be clicked. This is a major problem that might have been caused by a program or a memory error which can only be fixed by executing a hard reboot. Hard Rebooting your computer will fix all program and system errors and will restore everything to the normal state. This is done by pressing on the power button and holding it for about 5-7 seconds until the computer has powered down. Once the power is down, wait for about 15-20 seconds more before turning the machine on again.

The Effects

Both types of rebooting your computer may cause data loss. It is always recommended that you save any work you are doing before rebooting your pc. You can do it by using the keys just in case the mouse pointer is not working. Using the arrow keys and the tab button as well as the enter button will help you navigate your window and access the file folder where you can save your work. Always do it the safe soft reboot way and avoid doing the hard reboot often if possible.

 

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Your computer contains some files stored in one device known as a “Hard Drive”. These files stay there until you decide to delete it for good. Your hard drive can store files in a varied size and limitations. Hard drives in the past 2 years had a memory capacity of 100, 150, 200 260GB’s but the latest trend at present already reached up to 600Gigabyte-1Terabyte. Imagine carrying such a massive memory capacity on your computer. It’s about double the memory an average computer owner has on his machine. As memory capacity increases, the price also jacks up higher.

Whether you are selling your computer or just suffering from a slow computer, cleaning your hard drive is important. Find out why by reading through the items below.

Benefits of Cleaning up your Hard Drive

Cleaning it Speeds up Your Computer

The files in your hard drive, as you use it every day becomes mixed up and fragmented. Related files become separated from each other and stored in other parts of the drive making the access to these files quite hard causing your computer to behave slower. Cleaning up your drive using “file error checking” and defragment utilities helps organize related files and speed up access to files and the overall performance of your computer as well.

Cleaning Your Hard Drive Prevents Viruses

When a disk cleanup is executed regularly, your computer becomes more protected from errors caused by viruses, adware and malwares since most of the errors created by these devils are fixed right away and the viruses are deleted instantly.

Regularly Cleaning it Prevents Major Damages

A clean hard drive is a great advantage to anyone who owns a computer. Not only it helps speed up your virtual office functions, it also assures you that your computer is working normally and spares you from major software problems leading to major problems like replacement of your RAM or your hard drive. Cleaning your hard drive regularly is really a must in maintaining its good state.

Cleaning Your Drive Prevents Crashes, Errors and Booting Up Problems

Crashes, internal memory and boot up errors are all caused by a poorly maintained drive. Errors and corrupted files on your registry also cause problems which develop into more serious ones if not addressed right away. Cleaning up your drive helps prevent these things from happening.

Cleaning it up Before Selling Your Computer Prevents Unauthorized Access To Files

If you already decided to trade your computer then it’s always advised that you reformat and delete everything first but of course, backing up everything is also needed to preserve your important files for it to be transferred to the new computer you will be having as a replacement. Doing this prevents other people from accessing any of your private files illegally whether it is intentional or not.

The hard drive in your computer serves as the storage of everything. Taking good care and maintaining it regularly assures a safe, better and faster computer that will surely serve all your virtual needs.

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Computers normally slow down as you use it for your daily virtual office tasks. A slow computer is a nightmare that computer owners never dreamed of happening especially if it does an essential task for you, your office, your business or even your home. What can you do when a your computer starts showing some signs of slowing down, system errors, bad sectors, internal memory crashes and the worst, when it reaches the limit of its storage capacity. Learn some tips of how you can speed up and maximize the use of your computer. Remember, knowledge is always the best tool to combat any problem that we meet every day.

Tips for Speeding up Your Computer

Tip # 1 Know Your System Capacity

One mistake that you will ever make is choosing the wrong operating system or any other program for your computer. A 32-bit version of an OS has a specific set of programs compatible to it and the same is true with other versions. Incompatible programs will cause your computer to slow down.

Tip # 2 Disable Unused Background Programs

Programs running in the background eat up your RAM memory which is an essential part of the processing hardware your computer has. Disable some programs you are not using and retain only the useful ones.

Tip # 3 Scan for Windows System Errors

Your operating system is a set of files and programs that performs different functions. In time as you use your computer for a lot of tasks, some of these files might have changed or became corrupted causing your system to slow down. A utility available on your windows called “system file checking” can be used to search any errors and fix it right away.

Tip # 4 Scan and Remove Viruses

Adware and spywares are everywhere. These are programs created by companies that loads automatically to your computer to make them better understand their customers and market their products effectively. Regularly scanning your system for any of these programs and viruses using an antivirus software will help speed up your computer.

Tip # 5 Lower Down and Adjust Visual Effects

Windows offers a variety of visual effect preferences like fading menus, changing wallpapers etc. These features also eat up some of your operating resources (RAM). Disabling these features or lowering them down will help lessen the stress on your computer’s memory and speed it up.

Tip # 6 Defragment Your Drive

The more files you store in your drive, the more possible that your computer has stored these files in separate places on your hard drive creating a fragmentation on your disk. De-fragmenting your drive puts all related files in one place resulting to a better and faster computer performance.

Your computer also becomes stressed become like and as an effect, it becomes slower and its performance deteriorates. Letting it rest and cleaning it up regularly will help lessen the stress and make it perform faster just like the time when it was still new.

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